Today officially starts the beginning of Little Miss Stacy, my single person Home Depot boat. A series of blog posts will show my progress as I work through the build process. As you might have noticed, I’m calling this project Little Miss Stacy since I intend to name my boat this. It’s always been considered good luck to name a boat after an amazing woman, so this certainly fits perfectly. Here’s to you my love.
I should mention that this idea was inspired by Paul Elkins of ElkinsDIY. He created this boat originally and produced build plans for it as well. Since he sells these plans, I will not be documenting enough information to allow you to build this exact boat. I would definitely encourage you to visit his site, look through his completed projects, and purchase some build plans if you feel inspired.
Day 1: Materials Purchase
The first step in building this boat is to simply construct the frame. That will consist of the sides, top, bottom, and interior dividers such as the seatback and footwell panels. I purchased all of these at Home Depot. The boat will also use special brass ring shank nails, suited for marine use with constant water contact. I purchased these online from West Marine.
The total cost of these materials was $203.60. I think it’s really cool that the boat only needs two plywood panels, and they’re not even marine grade. Since I already knew my rough dimensions, I had then rip cut at Home Depot which made them easy to transport and handle.
There were also several additional tools I needed, but I don’t need to go into that. These are normal tools needed for woodworking and I needed to catch up.